The Texas High School Football regular season has come and gone and for a second consecutive season, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats find themselves in postseason action. One year ago their impressive season was ended by the Dallas Carter Cowboys, and this week, they will have the opportunity to get their revenge. This season has been a historic one for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats, as they won eight games and went undefeated in district play up until the final week of the season, finally falling at the hands of the No. 2 ranked Anna Coyotes. Their eight wins and second place finish in district play was the most for the program since 2013. Despite all the success they’ve had this year, the season got off to a bit of a rocky start. After picking up a 29-16 road victory over Jacksonville in the season opener, the Wildcats would fall back to .500 with a 35-22 loss to Mount Pleasant.
The following week the Wildcats were finally able to play in front of their home crowd, but they quickly found themselves trailing 14-0 to Hallsville. From that moment on, it’s been all Wildcats, as they mounted a 35-7 comeback and picked up the victory.
That victory started a seven-game winning streak for the Wildcats, where they completely dominated their competition for two months. During that span they picked up victories against Hallsville, Van Alstyne, Liberty-Eylau, Community, Mabank, Paris and Kaufman.
Not only were the Wildcats unbeaten from Sept. 8 until Nov. 3, they did so in fashion, outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 254-150. The Wildcats averaged 36 points per game during that span while allowing just 21 points per game, playing strong on both sides of the ball. While Sulphur Springs’ win streak did finally come to an end last week in their district title match against No. 2 ranked Anna, they were able to open the game with a 16-3 lead.
On the other side, the Cowboys of Dallas Carter have been having a very impressive season as well, going 7-3 and 4-2 in district play, with their only losses coming to No. 8 ranked Frisco Panther Creek and No. 10 ranked Celina.
The Cowboys are led offensively by star running back Kaeden Landry, who is the school’s all-time leading rusher. Last season Landry was named all-state, finishing the season with 2,329 yards and 23 touchdowns in 12 games.
This year, the star running back is having another all-state caliber season, rushing for 1,201 yards and 19 touchdowns in 10 games. Landry rushes for 6.8 yards per attempt and 120 yards per game.
While a huge bulk of their offense comes from the running game, they are led by an impressive receiver in senior O’Ryan Wallace. This season Wallace is responsible for over half of the Cowboys’ receiving yards with 528 and he also has six of the teams 10 receiving touchdowns.
The pair lead an offense that has been explosive in all of the wins, averaging 33 points per game in their seven wins this year. They’ve been even better defensively, allowing just nine points per game during those same seven games. Carter has allowed 20 or more points just once this season in games they have won, while allowing 39 points per game in their three losses.
Friday’s Bi-District rematch has all the makings of a great game, featuring two teams who very well could go on to win multiple playoff games if they advance. For the Sulphur Springs Wildcats, they will be looking to advance to the Area round of the playoffs for the first time since 2013.